Friends, I am concerned. Usually by this point in October, I have most of an outline knocked out, and a good handle on where my novel is going. I should have at least a dozen chapters summarized, a quick character sketch of at least three of my characters, and a general idea of the structure.
So far this year, I’ve got a page and a half of super basic ideas sketched out and…nothing else.
Now, for many of you, this would not be a big deal at all. But as I have established in the past, I am not a very spontaneous person, and if I don’t have an outline, NaNoWriMo is a complete disaster for me.
This wouldn’t be so stressful if NaNo were a little further away, but let’s face it, November is Coming. So I come to you, Wrimos, to beg your assistance.
Here’s the gist of my novel: after a terrifying and life-altering event sends (main character who needs a freaking name) to therapy, she sets out on a quest to do something every (day? week? month?) that scares her in an attempt to become less neurotic. She is required to keep a journal of these experiences, and decides to start a blog chronicling her adventures.
That’s the general idea. The blog will really help with the structure of the novel, I think (I like a nice structure), and these tasks are a great way for her to meet various secondary characters. I’ve got a few ideas for what happens to her to set her on this path, and I’ll spend some time sorting out the details there. But I need your help with the things she’s going to blog about. What are some things she could do that scare her that would be fun to write about?
And what the heck should I call her?
My November stress levels thank you in advance for your suggestions.
Photo of alarmingly blank page from Flickr user omcoc.